Dear Local Gourmands,
Every year I think I’ve got March figured out– all in like a lion and out like a lamb– a month of warm starts and chilly disappointments. No matter how clever I think I am, March still manages to catch me by surprise. That snow storm that closed the city’s schools and sent us into pools of slush last Monday was eclipsed by promising buckets of blossoms that showed up in the markets by Saturday. While we may still be working our way through the crates of winter apples and squash for a few more weeks, the daylight has shifted, and we’re creeping out of hibernation. March, you’ll be outdone by picnics and plant sales before long, but while your nights are still cool enough to keep us in, the Brooklyn Kitchen is paying homage to the skill and joy of bread baking. There’s time now to wait for the dough to rise, but looking forward to the months to come, the Brooklyn Kitchen will be selling deliveries of chicken and lamb from Awesome Farm in Tivoli, NY. Support a couple of young farmers and feed your friends! And if you enjoy mud season as much as I do, sign up to go muck around and help get the farm ready– a field trip to Tivoli is planned for the first weekend in April.
Tuesday, March 10, noon
Open Networking Meeting at City Harvest:
Economic Stimulus & Recovery Act, Retail Infrastructure and More
Food Systems Network NYC
578 8th Ave., 4th fl (btwn. 38th and 39th Streets)
“Gather with FSNYC at City Harvest for a double bill on March 10th: an update on what’s cooking in Washington for NYC and further discussion of retail as food systems infrastructure. Kate Mackenzie, Director of Program and Policy, City Harvest, will introduce the Economic Stimulus and Recovery Act, the new Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, and Obama’s proposed increase in the child nutrition budget: all big news for us! Infrastructure topics will include the latest on the Supermarket Commission, the Healthy Bodega Initiative, and Green Carts. With Donya Williams, Program Coordinator, Healthy Bodega’s Initiative, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Sabrina Baronberg, Deputy Director, Physical Activity and Nutrition Program, NYC DOHMH, and others.”
Tuesday, March 10, 7pm
Annie Hauk Lawson reads from Gastropolis
143 7th Ave., Park Slope
Annie Hauk Lawson, a Brooklyn girl to the bone, reads from Gastropolis, a collection of personal histories that document deep connections to the city’s rich food heritage. Hauck Lawson, a native Park Sloper and acclaimed food writer, will read her chapter “My Little Town: A Brooklyn Girl’s Food Voice”. Along with the reading enjoy wine and cheese from neighborhood favorites Shawn’s Wine and Blue Apron.
Wednesday, March 11, noon
Beard on Books presents:
Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters
The James Beard House
167 W. 12 St.
Old and faded favorite family recipes are revived in Marilyn and Sheila Brass’ latest book, Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters: Recipes You Know and Love. Join the authors for this month’s installment of Beard on Books to hear about the resurfacing of the classic recipes that will offer comfort in a time when we could all use a little reassurance. Refreshments from Three Tarts to follow discussion, and, as always, feel free to bring your own bag lunch.
Wednesday, March 11, 6:30-9:30
Tastebuds NYC with Green Edge Collaborative
105 1st Ave. (btwn. 6th and 7th Street)
Tastebuds NYC, an open group of people who work in the food industry on all levels– as waiters, writers, policy wonks and enthusiastic eaters. For this month’s gathering the group has partnered up with Green Edge Collaborative to carry on a conversation about sustainable and delicious ways of life. Converge at Counter for bar snacks and drinks, networking, and epicurean banter.
Wednesday, March 11, 7pm
The History of Chocolate
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
Professor Rosemary A. Joyce from University of California Berkeley will give an illustrated lecture on the history of chocolate. From the early history of the Theobroma cacao plant and the communal interaction that food commands of its audience to advances in archaeological technology, Joyce offers a unique perspective on the back story of this popular treat.
Saturday, March 14, 12:30-3:30pm
70 Prince St.
$55, call for reservation 212-219-8570
Chefs Collaborative, an organization that collaborates with chefs and the greater food community to promote local foods and build the market for a sustainable food supply, benefits from a cassoulet festival-cum-fundraiser at Savoy. Taste test the comfort food of Southern France put forth by chefs from seven New York restaurants including Cookshop, The Grocery, Mas, and Diner, among others.
Saturday, March 14, 5pm
Slow Food NYC’s Spring Benefit Dinner and Rabbit Raising for the
Queens County Farm Museum
“This event, taking place just before the Vernal Equinox, will gather diners to celebrate the arrival of spring and the success of the coming season on the farm. Guests are invited to arrive early to tour the farm and attend a free field workshop on pasture-raising rabbits with farmer Julie Engel, and then settle into a cozy five-course supper amongst the many farmhouse fireplaces. Farmer Julie Engel will provide her pasture-raised rabbit, raised with a unique system unlike any other in the US. QCFM Farmer Michael Grady Robertson will provide pork, eggs, vegetables, and honey all produced on-site at the Queens County Farm Museum. Dinner will be served by the GradyWood supper club team and NY State wines will be poured throughout the evening.”
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Satruday, March 21, 9am
GreenThumb Grow Together
Hostos Community College
149th St. in the Bronx
Sign up here
This year marks the 25th anniversary of GreenThumb’s Annual Grow together Conference. Join hundreds of New Yorkers who are working to grow a little more (or a lot more!) greenery in the city. Over 50 workshops and training sessions as well as plenty of opportunities to connect with others who could use your green thumbs to help out with their various gardening initiatives this growing season.
Saturday, March 21, noon-5pm
First Annual NYC Chowder Slam
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 East 7th Street, Manhattan
New Amsterdam Public is on its way, and it feels like the whole foodie community is pulling together to see the project through. Jimmy’s No. 43 (your local hotbed of activity for all projects sustainably food-minded) is hosting a chowda’ cook off on March 21 in effort to raise funds for the little market that could (and will)! Plus, the bar will have a smattering of good New England brews on tap to make the party just that much more merry. $20 at the door gets you in and shows your support to this organization that aims to bring sustainable, local food back to a market on the seaport.
Monday, March 23, 6pm
“From the Garden onto the Plate: One Writer’s Path”
Columbia University Low Rotunda
116th St. and Broadway
“He has been called a “post-wilderness nature writer” for his articles and books about the messy places where the natural and human worlds intersect – places like the garden, buildings, domesticated plants and agriculture. In his talk, he will trace the path of his writing from his graduate school encounters (here at Columbia) with Thoreau and Emerson through his work on the ecology and politics of eating.”
March 30, 6:30pm
Bread Salon at
The Brooklyn Kitchen
Follow the crumbs to a bread potluck at the Brooklyn Kitchen! Expert baker Nathan Leamy will be on hand to sample your homemade loaves and offer tips on how to hone your technique. Bring a loaf to share and enjoy the company of fellow yeast mongers.